Forfeits help Fruita Monument top Grand Valley on the mat
For the Fruita Monument High School wrestling team, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.
Thursday night, the Wildcats defeated Grand Valley 42-30 in a dual match.
The Class 3A Cardinals actually won five of the eight matches that were contested, but lost key points in five open weights.
“When you show up with nine kids, that’s the problem,” Grand Valley coach Rick Gallegos said. “We don’t have the bodies in our program, but the kids we had wrestled tough.”
Grand Valley started the night on a high note with 103-pound Cody Pfau overcoming a 10-0 deficit against Ian Konrad to pin Konrad in 3:47.
“We shouldn’t have lost at (103 pounds),” Fruita Monument coach Dan Van Hoose said. “He’s beaten her before, but she’s tough and doesn’t quit and we gave up that pin.”
The Wildcats strung together back-to-back wins with Matt Bishop (112) pinning Miguel Valles in 1:44 and Seth Gonzales (119) pinning George Stagg in 5:26.
The Cardinals responded by winning the next four matches. Included in the run was a 5-4 win at 152 pounds where Grand Valley’s David Witt came back from a 4-0 deficit in the third period to outlast Dallas Bernal.
It was the second time Witt has defeated Bernal this season.
“We knew Witt and Bernal was going to be a dogfight,” Gallegos said. “It was a great match.”
Aidan Woomer ended the night with a win for the Wildcats, pinning Michael Salazar in 4:38.
“He was a good wrestler,” Woomer said. “I was working hard, and he made me better the whole way.”
Woomer controlled the match with Salazar and Van Hoose said he was impressed.
“Woomer looked strong,” Van Hoose said. “He’s been getting better each week.”
Despite not having the overall numbers, Grand Valley kept the dual close. Gallegos said the key was giving up three pins.
“We’re disappointed in those pins,” Gallegos said. “We always teach the kids that in a dual match, pins are huge.
“We want them and we want to keep them from getting them.”
Paonia 36, Central 34: The Eagles won two matches by forfeit and four by pin to hold off Central.
The Warriors needed two pins in the final two matches, but only got one.
Oscar Ruiz, Jason Jarvis, Anthony Feller, Willy Holdren, Zach Short, Lester Miranda-Davis, Aaron Wallway and Kyle Jamison won for Central.
Dillon Bowman, Issac Ferguson, Adrian Lopez, Dustin Braslin, Kyler Bear and Myles Cumpston won for Paonia.
Olathe 57, Gunnison 15: The Pirates won 11 of the 14 matches to role to a home dual victory.
Trenton Piatt, Jacob Solseth, Ben Pridy, Zach Shank, Wyatt Yarnell, Troy Rose and Myles Yarnell won by pin to lead Olathe.